Sunday Post with Berls | Please be Spring!

Posted April 15, 2018 by Berls in The Sunday Post / 15 Comments


News at Home: Please be spring!

This was a pretty good week. We had decent weather, which was nice – but it’s starting to get cold again! Today wasn’t bad, but it was chilly thanks to the wind and I just want to stop needing heat, especially since we don’t have it and have to use the oven/stove to heat up the apartment. Winter should be the shortest season – I hate it so much. So it needs to not encroach on spring!!

School went well too. We had STAAR testing this week and honestly it wasn’t bad. My kids love it actually because it means they spend ALL DAY with me. No specials. Lunch in our classroom. It also means I get no breaks. But honestly, that’s really no much different from normal days. In fact, I had a very small argument with my husband about this just Friday night. He was complaining about taking Buffy for walks on his lunch break — which is 1 hour! — because he’s tired and would like to just lay on the couch and watch tv. He wasn’t saying it was a problem to walk Buffy, but just that I needed to understand. I was like, “really?!? So you only get to lay down for 45 minutes? Cry my a river!” LOL! He gets that my breaks are laughable, but he also says I chose this career and I could pick something else. While I guess he’s right, I also believe they could treat teachers like the professionals we are. They hold us to ridiculous standards but don’t give us any of the benefits. Anyway, that’s just my little soapbox for the week πŸ˜‰

So remember I mentioned that we had an issue involving one of my students and a threat at my school and that I was feeling pretty unsafe? Well, the BEST thing happened this week. He was trying to destroy the principals office again — he does that a lot — while she was on speaker to his mom. His mom lost it, came to the school, took him and all the reports I’ve been writing to the hospital and they admitted him to a psychiatric program for a minimum of 6 weeks on the spot! Woo-hoo! Now that’s great, but here’s my problem… if the hospital admits him ON THE SPOT, why does the school still have WEEKS of testing to do before they would consider anything? There is something so broken about our system!

Speaking of broken, my autistic student that I’ve been trying to get alternate placement for like ALL YEAR.. they finally agreed he needs it, effective NEXT YEAR! We still have 8 Weeks left in this school year, so why the FUCK are we waiting?! Money. I guarantee it.

So much to fix when I start my school. Just saying.

Blog News

My morning routine is STILL working! I’m so excited to be able to consistently visit blogs and work on my posts!! Hopefully I’ll maintain this!

For Can You Read A Series is a Month I started and finished the first book in my series – SuperAlpha by J.A. Huss – this week. Started on book 2 yesterday. So far, it’s just okay, which is disappointing since I tend to love her writing. Hopefully the series gets better with this book.

#FitReaders Update

This week was not my best week. I struggled to eat right and only made it to the gym Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. I plan to go today as well. Thursday I fell like I got back on track though, so hopefully this upcoming week will be better. Here’s my April goals:

  1. Do Yoga Monday – Friday: I did yoga 3 days this week. not horrible not great.
  2. Drink 64 oz of water daily: I’ve started trying to use the same cup all day and I’m doing better tracking. And I’m getting in my water.
  3. Track food and hit goals of 37P, 27C, 36F: 2 days this week… *sigh* Next week will be better
  4. Take 40 classes at GRIT: I’m at 17 as of today. I think that means I’m behind…
  5. Lose 10 pounds, and only weigh every 4 days (I’ve become scale obsessed): It’s already easier to stay off the scale every day! And I did lose some weight this week, though I still have a ways to go to reach my goal for the month.
  6. Find one NSV (non-scale victory) a week: I have a couple this week! So Sunday I went and bought new workout pants and 1 pair of jeans. I was down 8 sizes (since August)! And then yesterday at the gym we were doing burpees on gliders… I always have had to do one leg back at a time and one leg forward at a time. Yesterday I pushed both back at the same time! Still one forward at a time, but it’s progress!

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Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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15 responses to “Sunday Post with Berls | Please be Spring!

  1. I really didn’t understand crazy days until I started subbing at the elementary school that my kids went too. When I was working I was in a crazy high stress job where I was constantly eating lunch at my desk or on the run but that was still saner than subbing an early elementary class! I’m glad that the two students are finally getting some help which will hopefully make it a better situation for everyone involved. I hope you’re having a great week!

  2. I totally agree with you about schools. My kids’ elementary school is pretty good, but teachers need to make so much more money. There’s a bill on our ballet coming up, but the problem isn’t with the state or money per say, but with superintendents and principals who don’t manage budgets as well as they should. I told my husband I wish we were filthy rich and we could donate certain things or money to certain things and bypass all the red tape and administrators. I also didn’t work out as much as I was planning on last week and am hoping to do better this week. I hope we both get it in as well as some good reading! πŸ™‚

  3. Yay for things happening at school even if they are assbackwards and slower than they should be. Money makes the world go ’round, unfortunately. So many things in our country need fixing. Maybe now that more people are getting involved in politics than ever before, things will start changing for the better.

    You are rocking the physical goals! Do you know how I know? Because you’re doing waaaay more than I am. LOL Also, I have not started writing. Yet. This year so far has been kinda stressful for me, but now that I have a “new” vehicle and I’m getting all the little annoying things done around here, I’ll be able to actually sit down and write without fretting about shit that needs doing. *fingers crossed*

  4. Yay for better times at school! One of my friends works in a classroom for elementary kids who are prone to violent outbursts, and she says it is insane the amount of abuse they have to take from some of the children before they are put into a therapy hospital setting. She says it’s scary because they will draw pictures of the teachers, aides, and family members with their heads cut off and sometimes bullet holes in their heads. I don’t know if I could do her job. 😱

    You continue to inspire me to get out and power walk, or hike my stairs. Keep up the good work! πŸ’ͺ

    I hope you had a fab start to your week. 🌞

  5. Jen

    OH WOW! When you mentioned the safety issue at school, I didn’t realize it was with one of your students. I knew about the Autistic student, but not this one. Thank goodness he’s being treated now. Poor kid.

    I did much better with my water goals this week, but didn’t do well with my caloric intake. I was over everyday. Boo. At least I’m exercising. And Spring? It was snowing here yesterday. Today’s high is 35. WTH?!

  6. Wow, crazy that kid got admitted on the spot – and for six weeks! And the wheels were moving at a snails pace at school. So wrong. Eight sizes down is so amazing! What a great feeling. Go you! πŸ™‚

  7. It’s the state or government funding and red tape that the schools have to deal with. So glad the mother stepped in and got him the help he needed herself. It got cooler here too but will be gone in a day or so. I hope this is the last blast.

  8. We’re finally getting some spring weather here, which is nice after the long winter.

    That sounds really bad how they hold teachers on such high standards, but you don ‘t get any of the benefits. It really sounds like you work hard. That is nice that mom took action and brought her kid to the hospital, but that is crazy they can admit him on the spot, while your school needs week fo testing first.

    I hope you’ll have a great week!

  9. The public school system fails in so many ways. I am sorry Berls for you and these children. I love that you and Michelle do separate Sunday Posts. LOL

  10. I always marvel at how LONG it takes for schools to identify and get students help. Its crazy. If a parent isn’t proactive, a child might NEVER get the help they need. So sad. And you are right-it all comes back to money.
    Hope this week is good!

  11. I so need for Spring to come too. We had two days of 70+ degrees, but today it is rainy and 40, so damp. We are also getting below freezing this week. I love winter, but once spring shows it’s head, I’m ready for it. But alas, Ohio doesn’t work that way. I’m glad to hear that things are moving your way at school. I agree that teachers have it so rough. So under appreciated. I hope that things get better for you.

  12. I get the kid needed it but psychiatric program breaks my heart. That is so hard to have your child not with you. I was only allowed to see 3 days a week and for an hour. It was the hardest 3 1/2 weeks of my life. I know he needed it and was in such a bad place but as a mom that is one of the hardest things you have to do. I cried every day and every time we left I was in tears. I pray that never has to happen again. They will find the right medicine combo for him and I hope it works.

    The same things happened with me and Ryan with the school and the new school. It has to be done at the end of the year because we need to, 1 find a school and 2 transfer all the paper work and get him the IEP plan he needed and placement. It didn’t start until the next year. I was thankful regardless because he was finally getting the help he needed.

    I don’t get lunch either, I can eat at my desk but I can’t leave, I also don’t get breaks and when I get home I get the kids, cook dinner, clean up and then finally sit down…maybe if the kids don’t need anything but I am usually sitting down to work. Adulting is Hard! lol

    I am so proud of you and your accomplishments on your weightloss journey! You are doing and looking amazing! So proud! (((HUGS)))

    Have a great week, Berls! Happy Reading! Miss YOU!!!!! oxoxox

  13. Teachers are treated SO differently in Switzerland, Berls. You should come live here πŸ˜‰ Of course, it’s not perfect, but I feel like it’s a lot better to be a teacher here.
    You go! I think NSV are more important than actual weightloss. When you realize how many sizes smaller your clothes are – or that you’ve gotten so much stronger, it’s more tangible.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading. Miss you! {{{big hugs}}}